Chemistry
joel4
2021-05-05 01:32:18
Explain, in terms of electrons, why the radius of a potassium atom is larger than the radius of the potassium ion in the ground state.
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SylvieBeemon87
2021-05-05 06:51:26

A potassium atom has 4 electrons in valance shell while potassium ion has 3 electrons in a electron shell. A K ion has one fewer electrons than K atom. That is why the radius of a potassium atom is larger than the radius of the potassium ion in the ground state.

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